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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to American poet and author Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), "All history is modern history." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1756, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria. . . . In 1832, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who wrote "Alice in Wonderland" under the pen name Lewis Carroll, was born in Cheshire, England. . . . In 1880, Thomas A. Edison received a patent for his electric incandescent lamp. . . . In 1945, Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland. . . . In 1951, atomic testing in the Nevada desert began as an Air Force plane dropped a one-kiloton bomb on Frenchman Flats. . . . In 1967, astronauts Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo 1 spacecraft at Cape Kennedy, Fla. . . . In 1977, the Vatican reaffirmed the Catholic Church's ban on women priests. . . .

SPAGHETTI TO STRINGS -- A spaghetti dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in the cafeteria of West Seneca West Senior High School, 3330 Seneca St., to benefit the school's string orchestra.

Members of the orchestra will provide live entertainment during the event, at which children under 5 will eat free. All others will be asked for $6.50 at the door. Pre-sale tickets may be purchased for $5.50 through the school. Takeout will be available. Bon appetit! . . .

Secrets
Secrets filtering through the air,

for me to listen would be unfair.

-- Dorothy Peterson
HIAS is the acronym for "Happiness Is Active Seniors" and the name of one of Cheektowaga's 47 senior citizens clubs.

The club, which has a roster of 210 people, will celebrate its 20th anniversary Feb. 10 with a dinner-dance in the Cheektowaga Senior Center on Broadway, near Union Road, according to Dorie Buss, who is serving her fourth year as president of the group.

She said the club meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays in Infant of Prague Catholic Church, 921 Cleveland Drive. "You don't have to be a Catholic to join," she said, "but you do have to be a resident of Cheektowaga and at least 60 years old."

Average attendance at the weekly meetings is 115, she said. Average age is between 75 and 80, and there are more women than men in the club.. . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Lauren Krzyzynski, Therese DiAgostino, Beth Hermanson, Justalene Olson, Hans Mobius, David Case, Neil McKeague, T.J. Erickson, Francis Loughnane, Brian McGuire, Tom Aquiline, Tom Considine, John Scotland, Patricia Hangen, Amy Wojciechowski, Jill Barczynkowski, Dolores Burgess, Jean Alas, Denise Dabek, Amy Soluri, Tiffany Bowers, Linda Boldt, Jeffrey Geraci, Florence Baranowski, Joanne Patterson, Sarah Staszak.

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